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5:20 PM ET, August 14, 2010

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama narrows mosque defense  —  Speaking to reporters today, President Obama drew a sharp line under his comments last night, insisting that his defense of the right to build a mosque does not mean he supports the project.  —  “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
No, Mr. President  —  Penetrating commentary on President Obama's remarks last night on Islam, 9/11, and Ground Zero is already available.  —  The lawyers at Powerline dissect Obama's high-flown rhetoric: “a classic of brain-dead multiculturalism,” “the ultimate destination of multiculturalism is platitudinous stupidity.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Hear Washington Speak  —  We now have official Washington's response and take on the President's speech last night stating that Muslim-Americans have every right to build an Islamic center on private property near Ground Zero.  It comes in the form of Politico's ubiquitous and closely followed “Playbook” email.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Balloon Juice
The Politico:
Obama's comments take mosque story national  —  President Barack Obama on Saturday sought to defuse the controversy over his remarks on plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero, insisting that he wasn't endorsing the specific project but making a general plea for religious tolerance toward all.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?  Obama strongly backs ‘Ground Zero’ mosque - Michael Gerson agrees - GOP aide: ‘will drive Middle America crazy’ - W.H. official: ‘inconvenient,’ but Obama wouldn't duck it  —  E-MAIL FROM AUTUMN: The beautiful and perfect Allie Ross Thomas was born at Sibley Hospital yesterday …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox Hosts Agree With Obama's Defense Of Mosque: ‘He Has To Stand Up For Our Constitution’  —  Reacting to President Obama's forceful defense of Muslims' rights to build a new Islamic community center near Ground Zero, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) — who believes there are “too many mosques in this country” …
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Obama expands on mosque comments, said he supports ‘the right’ to build  —  Obama said that his statement on Friday didn't express support for the “wisdom” of building a mosque blocks from the 9/11 site.  —  President Obama expanded on his remarks about the mosque planned near ground zero during his trip to Florida Saturday.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Says Mosque Upholds Principle of Equal Treatment  —  PANAMA CITY, Fla. — President Obama said on Saturday that in defending the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque near Ground Zero he “was not commenting” on “the wisdom” of that particular project …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bush aide backs Obama on mosque
Discussion: FrumForum and The Page
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
At Ramadan Iftar dinner, Obama supports new mosque on private …
Andy McCarthy / National Review:   9/11 Families Stunned by President's Support of Mosque at Ground Zero
Fox News:
Obama's Support for Ground Zero Mosque Draws Fire
Discussion: New York Times and Jihad Watch
Frank Gaffney / Big Peace:
Obama's Ground Zero Mosque
John / Power Line:
An Awful President, A Worse Theologian
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
THE TOP 43 DUMBEST CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS  —  Well, perhaps not all 43 of this list of conservative bloggers that John Hawkins polled to get “The Top 25 Worst Americans.”  After all, we don't know who voted Barack Obama on to that list over, say, Jeffrey Dahmer.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Some of My Fellow Righty Bloggers Need a Broader Definition of ‘Worst Figure’  —  I can't believe conservative bloggers put a bunch of garden-variety Democratic politicians so high, when asked to compile a list of the Worst Figures in American History.  —  The list, compiled from the responses …
Van Helsing / Moonbattery:
Attention Google Moonbats...  ...you might want to fix your autocomplete:  —  On a tip from John Lohman.  —  If you scroll further, it will say, “Obama is anti-Christ”.  —  ROFLMAO!  —  I thought it was a photoshop.  Nope.  I went to Google and typed it in...............  ROFLMAO!
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Helpful Tip for Obamaniacs: Turn Off Google's ‘Auto Complete’ …
Discussion: Say Anything
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
American Socialists Release Names of 70 Congressional Democrats in Their Ranks  —  The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus.  —  This admission was recently posted on Scribd.com:
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Man Scrawls World's Biggest Message With GPS ‘Pen’  —  One man drove 12,238 miles across 30 states to scrawl a message that can only be viewed using Google Earth.  His big shoutout: “Read Ayn Rand.”  —  Nick Newcomen did a road trip over 30 days that covered stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
In U.S., Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Remains a Rarity  —  No more than 25% say they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in either  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans continue to express near-record-low confidence in newspapers and television news — with no more than 25% …
 
 
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Daily Kos
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Madeline Brooks / Pajamas Media:
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